Back to School--for kids, it's the end of summer inevitability.Â For parents, it may be a long-awaited reprieve.Â No matter how you view the end of summer vacation and the back to school transition, school time is nigh.Â No need to feel sad or stressed at summer's end, because there is still plenty of fun to be had.Â There is so much cool about school!
Sleep-Summer vacations, schedule interruptions, late nights following long days, lazy mornings that are just so perfect for sleeping in--let's face it, there are a lot of reasons why regular sleep schedules go awry during the summer months.Â You and your kids may even be a little sleep deprived.Â Back to school may mean getting up early again--but it likely also means a more realistic (and healthy) bedtime from which all will benefit.Â
Routine-Going back to school has a rather significant side benefit that can't be overlooked.Â School attendance forces the family into a routine.Â Having to be in class at a particular time each day ensures that all other activities are worked around that necessity, making life both predictable and simpler from many standpoints.Â
Mom Time-The kids will be at school for hours each day--whether you work in or out of the home, moms can rejoice about having time to do the things that they need to without having to stress about entertaining the kids or figure out ways to keep them busy.
Extracurricular Activities & Sports-Maybe you haven't missed attending Bobby's football games or schlepping Sally to her piano lessons --or maybe you have.Â Back-to-School usually means back to extracurricular activities as well--and many of these are enjoyable events for parents and children alike.
Clothes & School Supplies-One of the major upsides of going back to class is in the gearing up process.Â A new pair of shoes, a fresh new notebook, pens that work, pencils that aren't chewed into stubs and highlighters that aren't dried out--if your child can't see the bright side in much else, surely there will be a silver lining found in new school supplies and gear!Â Â
Friends-Summer schedules are not always conducive to staying in close touch with many school friends.Â Getting back into the classroom means reconnecting with many buddies that have been neglected over the summer months.Â
Brain Power-Summertime often means that learning in the traditional sense is put on hold.Â Between way too much television watching, hours playing video games, traveling hither and yon and engaging in a very wide range of other summertime activities, suffice it to say--it might be time to re-engage the kid's brains.Â Active learning feels good, and it is good for you!
Summer is winding itself down, and soon the kids will find themselves back in a classroom.Â No need to despair, as there are so many things about the school routine to look forward to.Â Back to school is COOL!Â